Waterworks Lamson Fly Reels Servicing and Repair

THE WATERWORKS-LAMSON REELS
MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION

Achieving excellence in fly reel performance has been the guiding criteria in the design and manufacture of this reel. You’ll also find that simplicity and reliability are important features designed into every reel we make. The result is a performance reel that requires little from you beyond your enthusiastic use on the water. This guide to use and care addresses: changing retrieve direction, mounting and dismounting spools, and maintenance. Please visit our website at waterworks-lamson.com to learn more about the design background and features of your reel. You’ll also find backing capacities for your specific reel on the site. Enjoy!

MOUNTING/REMOVING THE SPOOL
Always mount or remove the spool in a clean environment so that debris will not get into the bearing and drag components. To mount the spool, push the spindle into the reel body until the base of the spindle seats with an audible “click”. The spool should rotate freely in the wind-in direction, and have variable resistance in the line-out direction. The spool is retained on the body by an o-ring with also serves as a seal. Unlike conventional reels which permit moisture and dirt to enter sensitive areas via the release lever or button, the Waterworks-Lamson uses this o-ring to maintain a sealed fit between spool and body. To remove the spool, pull the spool away from the case. You will feel the reel “click” as the o-ring unseats from its groove. Withdraw the spool from the body.

MAINTENANCE
Adherence to a few simple procedures should result in a lifetime of trouble-free performance. Assuming that the spool is in place, all sensitive components are protected from the elements by full contact seals at every point of ingress: 1. When rinsing your reel in fresh water, always do so with the spool fully attached to the body! After rinsing, wipe exterior with a soft cloth. Allow to dry before removing the spool. 2. If you change spools frequently, a small amount of high melting point grease should be applied periodically to the ring at the entrance to the center cylinder (inside the cap). 3. As needed, place a small amount of light oil on the handle to keep it spinning smoothly. When not in use, store the reel in its reel bag, whether the reel is on or off the rod.

MOUNTING/REMOVING THE SPOOL
Always mount or remove the spool in a clean environment so that debris will not get into the bearing and drag components. To mount the spool, push the spindle into the reel body until the base of the spindle seats with an audible “click”. The spool should rotate freely in the wind-in direction, and have variable resistance in the line-out direction. The spool is retained on the body by an o-ring with also serves as a seal. Unlike conventional reels which permit moisture and dirt to enter sensitive areas via the release lever or button, the Waterworks-Lamson uses this o-ring to maintain a sealed fit between spool and body. To remove the spool, pull the spool away from the case. You will feel the reel “click” as the o-ring unseats from its groove. Withdraw the spool from the body.

LEFT AND RIGHT HAND RETRIEVE
Changing the retrieve direction of your reel is accomplished by reversing the direction of an internal clutch assembly. First, remove the spool and unscrew by hand the cap at the end of the center cylinder. By removing the cap the clutch should fall out (tap lightly on flat surface if necessary, or use a pencil to help free and control the clutch). Flip the clutch over and install. Female notches on the clutch must fit into male notches inside the cylinder. Use a pencil or similar clean tool to rotate the clutch as necessary. Reinstall the cap by hand. Cap should thread down flush with body. Tighten very firmly by hand, but do not over tighten by using a tool.

Please ensure that this cap is tight by checking:
· Before using the reel for the first time.
· After reversing the retrieve direction.
· Periodically over the lifetime of the reel.